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IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS 
FOR 

MODEL 63 

.22 CALIBER BOLT ACTION RIFLE 




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RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS 



U.S. REPEATING ARMS COMPANY, INC. 

275 Winchester Avenue 
New Haven, CT, U.S.A. 06511-1970 



This is one of the famous line of Winchester 
World Standard arms. As one of the Classic 
Traditions models you can expect the same 
quality and satisfaction as with the original 
historic Model 63 introduced over half a 
century ago. And, as with the original, you'll 
appreciate its economy of design, quick 
handling properties and smooth functioning. 



U.S. REPEATING ARMS COMPANY, INC. 

275 Winchester Avenue 
New Haven, CT, U.S.A. 06511-1970 

Administrative Offices: 

275 Winchester Avenue, 

Morgan, UT, U. S. A. 84050-9333 



Winchester trademarks licensed from Olin Corporation. 



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New gun owner's record. 

Use the space below to record information about your new 
Winchester Model 63 rifle. 



Serial Number . 

Caliber 

Grade 



Purchase Price 



Purchased From 



Date of Purchase 



Winchester trademarks licensed from Olin Corporation 
Made in USA. Printed in USA. 
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Contents Page 

Gun safety warnings 3 

Features 6 

General description 8 

Terminology and descriptions 9 

Serial number 11 

Ammunition 11 

Initial cleaning 12 

Oiling the action 12 

Full disassembly/takedown 13 

Operating instructions 17 

How to load the magazine 20 

How to operate the action 21 

To unload the magazine and chamber 25 

Sight adjustments 26 

Mounting a scope 29 

Cleaning and maintenance suggestions 30 

Ordering parts 34 

Service or repair 34 

Questions & Winchester-guns.com 35 



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Model 63 Semiautomatic rifle 

In 1933 Winchester introduced the Model 63 rifle. 
It was an improved variation on the Model 1903 
which had been made only for an old style 
Winchester 22 cartridge called the "22 Winchester 
Automatic Rimfire Smokeless." The Model 1903 
was the first Winchester semiautomatic firearm of 
any type. 

The new Model 63 soon proved a success. It incor- 
porated the more modern 22 caliber Long Rifle car- 
tridge. It was like the 1903 in many ways — but 
with slight improvements in some areas. It was a 
quick handling, easy-to-use design with traditional 
craftsmanship and elegant design. Its blow-back 
semi-auto action proved highly reliable. Its stock- 
positioned loading port convenient. The quick take- 
down system was handy. And its forearm-mounted 
cocking system (called the operating sleeve) has 
always been regarded as extremely functional. 
Despite the differences between the '03 and the 63, 
the design of the 63 can still be attributed to the 
great Winchester designer, Thomas Crossley 
Johnson. 

The last of the original 63s was produced over 35 
years ago. Your new Model 63 is faithful in nearly 
every way — with a level of beautiful finish and fine 
engraving that you would usually associate only with 
Winchesters of the "Highly Finished Rifles" era at 
the turn of the century. 

Study all of the instructions in this manual carefully 
to be sure you have covered all information about 
your Model 63. 



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QUN SAFETY WARNINQS 



IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THESE OPERAT- 
ING INSTRUCTIONS BE THOROUGHLY 
STUDIED BEFORE USING THIS FIREARM 
TO ASSURE PROPER AND SAFE GUN 
HANDLING. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE 
INSTRUCTIONS OR FAILURE TO OBEY 
ANY SAFETY WARNING MA Y RESULT IN 
INJURY TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS, OR 
CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR GUN. 

As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding 
responsibilities. How seriously you take these 
responsibilities can be the difference between life 
and death. There is no excuse for careless or abusive 
handling of any firearm. At all times handle your 
rifle and any other firearm with intense respect for 
its power and potential danger. 

PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL 
OF THE CAUTIONS, PROPER HANDLING 
PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS OUT- 
LINED IN THIS BOOKLET BEFORE USING 
YOUR NEW FIREARM. 

1 . Do not carry a loaded gun with a live round in the 
chamber while walking, running, climbing a tree, 
crossing a fence or anywhere you might slip or fall, 
drop the gun or otherwise bump or jar the gun. A 
gun that is dropped, bumped, or jarred with a cham- 
bered round might accidentally discharge even with 
the safety on, causing serious injury to you or some- 
one else. When a round is chambered keep the safe- 
ty on until you are ready to shoot. 

2. Do not rely on the safety to prevent accidental 
discharge. Many safeties merely block the trigger 
and prevent firing by pulling the trigger. The safety 
may not prevent an accidental discharge due to 



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dropping, jarring, or bumping a gun. 

3. Use only ammunition for which the gun is cham- 
bered as indicated on the barrel, to prevent exces- 
sive pressure and possible serious personal injury. 

4. Incorrectly reloaded ammunition can cause seri- 
ous personal injury and damage to the firearm due to 
excessive pressure. Reload only after proper instruc- 
tion and in strict compliance with instruction and 
data contained in current reloading manuals. 

5. Never point a gun at anything you do not intend 
to shoot. Always keep it pointed in a safe direction 
in case of accidental discharge. 

6. Always check to ensure that the barrel is free of 
obstructions before loading and using the gun. If you 
experience light recoil or off sound, check the barrel 
for an obstruction. 

7. Before firing, clean any grease or oil out of barrel 
with cleaning rod and patch. Grease or heavy accu- 
mulation of oil can cause excessive pressure and 
result in serious personal injury. 

8. Keep barrel, chamber and action free of rust. Rust 
in the barrel and chamber can cause excessive pres- 
sures resulting in serious injury. A rusted, pitted or 
eroded barrel should be replaced. 

9. Use hearing protection to prevent ear damage 
from repeated exposure to gunfire. 

10. Always use proper shooting glasses to prevent 
eye injury from flying particles. 



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11. Never carry a loaded gun in a motor vehicle or 
carry one into a dwelling. Always carefully unload 
the gun before entering a motor vehicle, a dwelling 
or an area such as a camp. Always point a gun in a 
safe direction while loading or unloading to prevent 
serious injury in case of an accidental discharge. 
Never load in the house or in your vehicle. 

12. Never shoot at a hard, flat surface or at the sur- 
face of water to avoid a ricochet and possible serious 
personal injury to yourself or a bystander. 

13. Store your gun in a clean, dry place out of the 
reach of children and separated from stored 
ammunition. 

14. Never alter any parts of your gun. Any alter- 
ations or adjustments that may become necessary to 
the operating mechanism should be performed by a 
qualified gunsmith. 

15. Hunting from elevated surfaces such as tree stands 
is dangerous. Doing so may increase the risk of han- 
dling any firearm. Always make certain that the stand 
being used is safe, sturdy and stable. Always make 
certain your firearm is unloaded when it is being 
taken up and down from the stand. Always make cer- 
tain that your firearm is not dropped from the stand 
or dropped while it is being taken up or down from 
the stand. 

16. Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, 
cleaning firearms, or handling ammunition may result 
in exposure to lead and other substances known to 
cause birth defects, reproductive harm and other seri- 
ous physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at all 
times. Wash hands thoroughly after exposure. 



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Figure 1 



MODEL 63 FEATURES 



Sights are made to handle rough 
conditions. Front and rear sights 
are drift adjustable for windage. 
The rear sight also features an 
elevator system for quick elevation 
changes. 



Operating the action is fast 
and convenient with the 
unique operating sleeve 
design. Push in on the end of 
the sleeve to work the action. 
Depressing then turning the 
operating sleeve tip locks the 
action open. 



The receiver top is machined to accept a groove'type scope mount. 
Even though it is a takedown design, the special way that the bar' 
rel and receiver top stay together locks in precision and assures 
accuracy no matter how many times you take down your rifle. 



The quick take-down feature allows you 
to easily disassemble your Model 63 into 
two halves. Loosening a knob on the rear 
of the receiver is all it takes. The take' 
down feature also makes it easy to clean 
and oil your rifle. 




Semiautomatic blow-back action design. 
The Model 63 is based on the Model 
1903, which was the first semiauto 
made by Winchester. The basic design 
proved so reliable that it lead to the 
development of a full line of Winchester 
rimfire and centerfire semiautos. 



Alhsteel receiver and steel components. Every 
component of every mechanism is of durable 
metal — just like the originals. 



Convenient cross bolt safety design. 



The styling of the Model 63 is uncommonly balanced. And 
its good looks are matched by equally balanced handling 
and natural shouldering. 



The butt stock loading system is conve- 
nient and easy for any hands, young or 
old. Loading the magazine is performed 
with the rifle comfortably cradled in 
your arm. (opposite side) 



All Model 63 Classic Traditions 
feature beautifully finished walnut 
stocks and cut checkering. 



The magazine tube is mounted 
in the buttstock. A twist on 
the knob and it partially 
removes for loading or fully 
removes for easy unloading. 



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Figure 2a 



Takedown Screw Ejection Port 



Loading Port 



Magazine 



Buttplate 



Buttstock Safety Trigger Receiver 



Rear Sight 




Front Sight 



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Forearm Operating Sleeve 



Muzzle 



Qeneral Description 



The Model 63 is a semiautomatic rifle that allows 
the shooter to fill the magazine and shoot consecu- 
tive rounds — taking loaded rounds from the tubular 
magazine to the chamber automatically — until the 
magazine is empty. After each cartridge fires, the 
action automatically ejects the empty cartridge out 
the ejection port to the right. The action is operated 
manually using a cocking system mounted on the 
forearm tip. The rod protruding from the tip is called 
the operating sleeve. Pushing it fully in (rearward) 
opens the action: extracting and ejecting any car- 
tridge in the chamber and loading a cartridge (if pre- 
sent) from the magazine into the chamber. 

The action itself uses a blowback design, where the 
firing of the cartridge actually begins the rearward 
motion of the bolt. Inertia completes the bolt's 
motion rearward, cycling the action. The magazine 
is loaded through a port in the right side of the butt- 



stock. The screw on the rear of the receiver is used 
to disconnect the front of the receiver from the rear. 
The entire rifle then easily takes down into two con- 
venient halves. 

Terminology and Descriptions 

Descriptions in this booklet generally refer to the 
gun in the horizontal position. That is, in the nor- 
mal firing position. For example, the muzzle is for- 
ward or front; the butt stock is rearward or rear; the 
trigger is downward or underneath; the sights are 
upward or on top. Figure 1 covers the general fea- 
tures and benefits of the Model 63 design. 

For general parts terminology, refer to Figure 2A. 
For breech bolt and bolt slide terminology refer to 
figures 2B and 2C. 

The Winchester Model 63 is also shown disassem- 
bled to the extent necessary in order to follow 



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Figure 2b 




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instructions contained in this book (refer to Figure 7 
later in this manual). Throughout this manual the 
"action" refers to the mechanism of this rifle which 
loads and secures the cartridges in the chamber. 

Serial Number 

The serial number is located on the bottom of the 
forward receiver/frame assembly (barrel half of the 
rifle) toward the front (see Figure 3). Record the 
serial number at the front of this book for future 
reference. 

Ammunition 

The caliber of your Model 63 is inscribed on left 
side of the barrel, toward the receiver. 

U.S. Repeating Arms Co. can assume no responsi- 
bility for incidents which occur through use of car- 
tridges of nonstandard dimension or those develop- 
ing pressures in excess of SAAMI (Sporting Arms 
and Ammunition Manufacturer's Institute) estab- 
lished standards. 

Winchester ammunition is always an excellent 
choice for your new Winchester rifle, delivering the 
unmatched performance and dependability you want. 

DISCHARGING FIREARMS IN POORLY 
VENTILATED AREAS, CLEANING 
FIREARMS, OR HANDLING AMMUNITION 
MA Y RESULT IN EXPOSURE TO LEAD 
AND OTHER SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO 
CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS, REPRODUCTIVE 
HARM AND OTHER SERIOUS PHYSICAL 
INJURY. HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION 
AT ALL TIMES. WASH HANDS THOR- 
OUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE. 



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Initial Cleaninq 



Some metal parts of your new rifle have been coated 
at the factory with a rust preventative compound. 
Before using your new Model 63 , clean the anti-rust 
compound from the inside of the barrel, receiver, 
breech bolt mechanism and the action chamber 
areas. A high quality, light weight gun oil should be 
used to remove this compound and to give your gun 
its first lubrication. Clean the barrel using a cleaning 
rod and patch as explained under "Cleaning and 
Maintenance Suggestions" found later in this book- 
let. Take down your rifle for cleaning as explained 
under "Full Disassembly/Take down" explained later 
in this manual. First lubrication suggestions are also 
outlined below. 

If your new Model 63 is for collector's purposes and 
you wish to store it for a long period of time, it is 
permissible to leave the rust preventative compound 
in place and keep your Model 63 in its box for maxi- 
mum protection during long-term storage. 

IMPORTANT: CLEAN THE INSIDE OF THE 
BARREL AND CHAMBER TO REMOVE ALL 
GREASE AND OTHER POSSIBLE 
OBSTRUCTIONS BEFORE FIRING YOUR 
GUN. 



Oilinq the Action 



Before the first firing, and with your rifle disassem- 
bled as explained below, it is important to wipe the 
mechanism clean and apply a few drops of quality oil 
on the following surfaces (see Figure 4). 

• On the bearing surfaces of the internal hammer. 

• Inside top of the front portion of the receiver. 

• Breech bolt, on all sides. 

• All internal surfaces that slide against each other. 



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Avoid applying to much oil. Only a light film is nec- 
essary. Excessive oil should be wiped off. 

Full disassembly / Takedown 

Knowing how to easily take down your Model 63 is 
important for cleaning and maintenance. 

TO ENSURE THAT YOUR RIFLE IS 
UNLOADED, OPEN THE ACTION AND 
CAREFULLY CHECK THE CHAMBER, 
FEED MECHANISM AND MAGAZINE TUBE 
FOR AMMUNITION. LOCK THE ACTION IN 
THE OPEN POSITION. 

The action can be locked in the open position by 
depressing the operating sleeve and rotating (turn- 
ing) the end clockwise or counterclockwise as 
explained under " How to Operate the Action" later 
in this manual. 

It is a good idea to always wear eye protection when 
disassembling any firearm to prevent springs or 
spring-tensioned parts from injuring you. 

Carefully follow the unloading instructions found 



Figure 4 




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later in this manual to assure there are no rounds in 
the magazine, chamber or feed areas before taking 
down your rifle. 

DISASSEMBLY — 

1 . Remove the magazine from the buttstock by turn- 
ing the Magazine plug handle about 1/8 turn coun- 
terclockwise and then pulling the inner magazine 
tube out rearward from the outer magazine tube 

2. Begin to takedown the rifle by loosening the 
takedown screw on the rear of receiver (see Figure 
5). To prevent dropping either half, it's a good idea 
to do this with the rifle laying on a table, on top of a 
padded surface like a soft rag or other non-marring 
protection. 

3. Separate the gun into two halves by pulling the 
butt stock to the rear and forearm to the front (see 
Figure 6). Your rifle is now in two compact halves. 

3. This exposes most of the internal mechanisms to 
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inspection and cleaning. All normal cleaning and 
basic maintenance can be performed with the rifle 
at this stage of disassembly. 

WE RECOMMEND THAT YOUR MODEL 63 
NOT BE TAKEN APART FURTHER THAN 
THIS. THERE ARE MANY SMALL, FINELY 
FITTED PARTS, SMALL PINS, SMALL 
SPRINGS AND SPRING-LOADED PARTS 
THAT CAN EASILY BECOME DAMAGED 
OR LOST. SOME REASSEMBLY PROCE- 
DURES REQUIRE SPECIAL TOOLS AND 
AN ADVANCED LEVEL OF EXPERTISE TO 
ACCOMPLISH. IF YOUR RIFLE SHOULD 
NEED FURTHER DISASSEMBLY CON- 
TACT ONE OF THE AUTHORIZED 
SERVICE CENTERS ON THE LIST 
ACCOMPANYING YOUR RIFLE. 



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Figure 7 




Your Model 63 will now be in these pieces 
(see Figure 7): 

• Barrel/forearm half (receiver portion) 

• Butts tock half (frame portion) 

• Inner magazine tube 

The internal hammer can be lowered for better 
cleaning access by pulling the trigger and slowly 
lowering the internal hammer with your thumb to 
the dropped/forward position (see Figure 8). 

REASSEMBLY — 

1. Cock the hammer (if it was previously dropped) 
back to the full cock position with your thumb. 

2. Slide the buttstock half (frame) into the 
barrel/forearm half (receiver portion) from the rear 

Figure 8 




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FIGURE 9 




(see Figure 9). This can be done with the bolt in 
the locked or unlocked position. Make sure that the 
takedown screw doesn't obstruct this by pulling it 
rearward and making sure it stays aligned 

5. With the two halves correctly in place, carefully 
turn the takedown screw in the clockwise direction. 
Screw it in until it is finger tight with a fair amount 
of finger pressure. 

6. Reinsert the inner magazine tube. To lock it in 
place, turn it until its retainer pin falls into the 
retainer slot, then turn clockwise about 1/8 turn 
until it stops in the locked position. 

7. Your Model 63 is now fully assembled. 

Operatinq Instructions 

CAUTION — AL WA YS KEEP THE MUZZLE 
POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. PRIOR 
TO USING LIVE AMMUNITION, FAMILIAR- 
IZE YOURSELF THOROUGHLY WITH 
THESE OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS. 

Get accustomed to the feel of your new gun — 
know the forces required to operate the action,* to 
pull the trigger, to work the action, and above all, 
know how to place your rifle's safety in the "on safe" 



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position. The rifle is in the "on safe" position when 
the manual safety is moved fully to the right. 

* ACTION: The mechanism of a firearm which loads 
and secures the cartridge in the chamber. 

Your Model 63 rifle is designed with a cross bolt 
type safety. It is located just rearward o f the trigger 
on the trigger guard: convenient for gloved or 
ungloved fingers (see Figure 10). It is essential that 
you become very familiar with the feel, look and 
operation of the safety on this rifle before attempt- 
ing to load or shoot. With the safety in the "ON 
SAFE" position the trigger is blocked and the rifle 
cannot be fired with a normal pull of the trigger. In 
the "OFF SAFE" position — if your gun is loaded 
with a round in the chamber — the chambered 
round can be fired by simply squeezing the trigger. 

• "ON SAFE". The safety button is pushed fully to 
the right (see Figure 10). The red band on the left 
side is NOT showing. 

•"OFF SAFE". The safety button is pushed fully to 
the left. A large red band is exposed on the button 
as it protrudes on the left side (see Figure 11). The 
red band is an added aid to safe gun handling. 



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Figure 11 









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However, with time and exposure to the elements it 
can wear off. 

Never rely totally on your gun's safety button. It is 
merely an aid to safe gun handling. Like any 
mechanical device the safety can possible fail: it can 
be jarred or inadvertently manipulated into an 
unsafe condition. Always keep your rifle pointed in a 
safe direction. 

THIS MECHANISM WILL NOT NECESSARI- 
L Y PREVENT THE ACCIDENTAL DIS- 
CHARGE OF THIS FIREARM AS A RESULT 
OF JARRING OR ABUSE SUCH AS 
OCCURS WHEN A FIREARM IS DROPPED. 

At all times in the field keep the safety in the "ON 
SAFE" position and the barrel pointed in a safe 
direction. It is a good idea never to load your rifle 
until you are in the field and shooting is imminent 
or, if you are at a range, until it is your turn to shoot. 
For extra safety, and as a courtesy to others, always 
keep your rifle's muzzle pointing down range. At any 
range (or around any other people, even when hunt- 
ing), unless shooting is actually in progress, always 
keep the action locked open at all times (see proce- 
dures under "How to Operate the Action"). It is a 
proper gun handling practice to place your rifle in a 



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case when going to or coming from the shooting 
area. 

HOW TO LOAD THE MAGAZINE 

Use the correct ammunition referenced by the 
inscription on the barrel. Again, before loading your 
gun be sure all grease and oil has been removed from 
the barrel and chamber, and there is no obstruction. 

To load the magazine, first place the safety in the 
"ON SAFE" position. Leave the action (breech bolt) 
closed at this time. 

1 . Twist the knob on the end of the magazine tube 
about 1/8 turn counterclockwise to unlock. 

2. As you pull out the tube watch it move past the 
loading port in the right side of the buttstock. 

3. Pull the tube out until the magazine follower 
clears the loading port in the outer magazine tube. 

4. With the muzzle pointed downward slightly, insert 
the bullet end of the cartridges into the magazine 
facing forward (Figure 12) and allow them to slide 
down towards the action. Do not exceed the recom- 
mended capacity of the magazine (ten rounds). 



FIGURE 12 




Insert the cartridge tl 
Into the magazine" tube. 



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Figure 13 




Push rearward on the operating sleeve with^ 
your finger to operate the action . 



5. Next, push the magazine tube down into position 
and lock into place. Turn it until its retainer pin 
falls into the retainer slot, then turn clockwise 
about 1/8 turn until it stops in the locked position. 

Care should be taken while pushing the tube in, as 
it is under spring tension. 

The rifle is now ready for operation. 

How to Operate the Action 

Make sure the safety is in the "ON SAFE" position. 

1 . Load the chamber by pushing the end of the 
operating sleeve fully rearward with one of your fin- 
gers on your forward hand (hand that holds the 
forearm when you shoot). Using your pointing fin- 
ger makes working the action easy. Push the operat- 
ing sleeve fully rearward until the rearward move- 
ment of the action stops (see Figure 13). 

2. To move a cartridge from the magazine to the 
chamber, let go of the end of the operating sleeve 
and allow the sleeve to move forward under spring 



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pressure (see Figure 14). The operating sleeve is 
linked directly to the bolt inside the receiver — so 
the bolt will close shut at the same time, and move a 
cartridge from the magazine to the chamber. 

CAUTION: YOUR RIFLE IS LOADED, 
COCKED AND READY TO FIRE. 

When ready to shoot, move the safety to the "OFF 
SAFE" position, then . . . take aim and when on tar- 
get, squeeze the trigger. 

The semiautomatic function of your rifle will auto- 
matically extract and eject the fired cartridge. The 
bolt will then automatically close, while at the same 
time moving a loaded cartridge from the magazine 
into the chamber. Since the safety remains in the 
"OFF SAFE" position, your rifle is again ready to fire 
with simply a squeeze of the trigger. 

IF SHOOTING IS NO LONGER IMMINENT, 
IMMEDIATELY MOVE THE SAFETY TO 
THE "ON SAFE" POSITION BY PUSHING 
IT FULL Y TO THE RIGHT. 

LOCKINQ THE ACTION REARWARD — 

The Model 63 has an easy-to-use system for locking 
the action rearward. This is an important operation 
and you should practice it until you can do it with 
ease. 

1. FIRST PLACE THE SAFETY IN THE "ON 
SAFE" POSITION. Then push the operating 
sleeve in fully with your finger. Usually this will be 
the pointing finger of the hand holding the forearm. 
If you intend to lock the action rearward it helps to 
do this with both your pointing finger and your 
thumb grasping the tip. 

2. With the operating sleeve pushed in grip the 
operating sleeve tip between your pointing finger 
and your thumb. 



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Figure u 




Pull the operating sleeve rearward 
with your thumb and finger. Then 
turn it about 1/4 to 1/2 turn to lock. 



3. Turn the operating sleeve tip approximately 1/4 
to 1/2 turn in either the clockwise or counterclock- 
wise direction. A built-in limiter will prevent you 
from turing the tip past 1/2 turn. Turning the tip 
with the operating sleeve in the rearward position 
locks the operating sleeve in the rearward position 
(see Figure 15). The action is now locked open and 
inspection of the chamber and feed mechanisms can 
be easily performed. Remember, a limiter keeps you 
from turning the tip of the operating sleeve more 
than 1/2 turn. 

Use this procedure to lock the action open for 
cleaning and safety purposes as outlined in the 
manual. 

4. To release the locking mechanism and to allow 
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Figure 16 




sleeve tip until it unlocks. This will release the oper- 
ating sleeve to travel fully forward and close the 
action. There is only one position of the tip that the 
sleeve will unlock — simply turn the operating 
sleeve tip until you are in alignment with this posi- 
tion and the operating sleeve will release forward. 
There is a slight radius shape cut on one side of the 
tip. When this is facing up, toward the barrel, the 
operating sleeve is in the released position (see 
Figure 16). If you turn the tip until it stops and the 
operating sleeve does not release forward it is 
because you have turned it until it encountered the 
limiter. Simply turn the operating sleeve tip in the 
opposite direction until the operating sleeve releases 
and goes fully forward, at the same time closing the 
action. 

CAUTION: IF THE MAGAZINE IS LOADED, 
RELEASING THE OPERATING SLEEVE 
LOCKING MECHANISM WILL ALWAYS 
MOVE A CARTRIDGE FROM THE MAGA- 
ZINE INTO THE CHAMBER. WITH THE 
SAFETY IN THE OFF SAFE POSITION AND 
A ROUND IN THE CHAMBER YOUR RIFLE 
CAN BE FIRED BY SIM PL Y PULLING THE 
TRIGGER. 



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To Unload the Maqazine 

and Chamber 

ALWA YS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF YOUR 
RIFLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION 
WHEN LOADING OR UNLOADING YOUR 
RIFLE. 

Place the safety in the "ON SAFE" position. Lock 
the action rearward by locking the operating sleeve 
tip rearward. With the muzzle pointed downward 
withdraw the inside magazine tube from the rifle. 
Then carefully tip the rifle muzzle up, butts tock 
down, allowing the cartridges to slide out the outer 
magazine tube into a suitable container. Replace the 
inside magazine tube into the buttstock and lock in 
place. Release the operating sleeve. Work the 
action several times by pushing in and releasing the 
operating sleeve to assure that there are no rounds 
in the magazine, in the chamber or in the action 
feed areas. Lock the action open again. Look into 
the open action making sure there are no cartridges 
in the action, and observe the empty chamber and 
the magazine follower (see Figure 17). 

Always unload your gun and lock the action rear- 
ward when you have finished shooting, and before 



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putting your gun away. Consider your rifle fully 
unloaded when the magazine, chamber and feed 
areas contain no cartridges and the action is locked 
rearward. 

Siqht Adjustments 

All Model 63 rifles are fitted with open sights. The 
style and adjustment system may vary between mod- 
els and grades. 

The proper procedure is to shoot a group with the 
sights set as they come from the factory (intermedi- 
ate position on both elevation and windage), and 
then make incremental adjustments to move the 
sight blade and blade holder to position the group 
on your target. 

BEFORE MAKING ANY SIGHT ADJUST- 
MENTS, MAKE SURE YOUR RIFLE IS 
FULLY UNLOADED AND THE MUZZLE IS 
POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. PLACE 
THE SAFETY IN THE "ON SAFE" 
POSITION. 

Up or down elevation adjustments — 

Adjusting elevation on your Model 63 requires you 
to lift up the rear notch blade holder on your rifle's 
FIGURE 18 




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FIGURE 19 







Tap carefully. ■ 
Do not mar the 
barrel or sight. 


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rear sight with your fingers and move the notched 
elevator either forward or backward (see Figure 18). 
To raise point of impact, use your fingers to lift up 
on the blade and slide the elevator rearward. 
Adjusting the sight to make your gun shoot lower is 
just the opposite — move the elevator forward. 
Remember: 

• Move the blade and holder up to shoot higher . 

• Move the blade and holder down to shoot lower . 

RlQHT OR LEFT WINDAQE ADJUSTMENTS — 

On Model 63 sights, the entire rear sight blade 
holder is dove-tailed in the rear sight base. To adjust 
for windage, gently move the rear sight blade to the 
right or left by tapping at the dove-tail using a wood 
or fiber dowel or hammer that will not mar the sight 
(see Figure 19). If you tap to the right your gun will 



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shoot more to the right. Moving the blade holder to 
the left is just as easily done. Note how much you 
adjust the sight as you sight- in your Model 63. 
Remember: 

• Move the rear sight to the right to shoot far- 
ther to the right on the target. 

• Move the rear sight to the left to shoot farther 
to the left on the target. 

Care should be taken not to mar the finish or bend 
sight components when adjustments are made. 

The front sight bead is also held in a dove-tail 
mount on the sight base. It is possible to make 
windage adjustments by tapping it to one side or the 
other, just like the rear base. Remember, when 
adjusting the front sight you get the opposite results: 
move to the right and you shoot more to the left, 
move the bead to the left and you'll shoot more to 
the right. 

All sight adjustments — of course — are a matter of 
trial and error. Remember, it is usually necessary to 
reset your sights when you change type or even 
brand of ammunition. High velocity 22 Long Rifle 
ammunition will almost always have a different 
point of impact than a target grade load or a hollow 
point load. 

SlQHT MAINTENANCE — 

Occasionally check your sights to make sure they 
have not been jarred or vibrated out of adjustment. 
This is especially important after extensive shooting 
or after hunting under rugged conditions. Front and 
rear sight bases should always be tight on the barrel 
and dove-tails should be snug. 



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Figure 20 



Correct sight picture. 



Target 
bull's-eye 




Bead 



Notch 



SlQHT PICTURE — 

The correct sight picture for the sights on your 
Model 63 is with the front bead resting in the U- 
shaped notch in the sight blade. The bead itself 
should rest directly under the point of impact. For 
example, if you were shooting a conventional small 
bore target, the round, black bull's-eye would appear 
to rest on top of the front bead (see Figure 20). 

MOUNTING A SCOPE 

The top of the receiver on every Model 63 is 
grooved to accept standard 22 caliber rifle-type 
scope mounts. Depending on the type of bases 
and/or mounts you purchase, your rifle will accept 
thin-tube scopes, red-dot type sights or standard 
rifle scopes. On the 63 the barrel is attached rigidly 
to the top portion of the receiver. So, even though 
your rifle is a take-down design, your scope stays 
sighted in even after the action is taken down. 

Carefully follow all instructions provided with your 
scope mounts, rings and scope when mounting your 
scope. 



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Cleaninq and Maintenance 
suqqestions 

Your Model 63 will function better and more reli- 
ably over a longer period of time if it is properly 
maintained and kept clean. 

BEFORE PERFORMING ANY CLEANING 
PROCEDURES, ALWAYS MAKE CERTAIN 
THERE ARE NO CARTRIDGES IN THE 
CHAMBER, MAGAZINE OR ACTION/FEED 
AREAS. 

You should clean your Model 63 after every day of 
shooting and more often if it becomes excessively 
dirty. 

A minimum cleaning includes wiping down the 
action and oiling key parts. Most regular mainte- 
nance will also include cleaning the barrel. If you 
encounter a function problem be sure to give your 
gun a thorough cleaning to see if it solves the prob- 
lem before seeking the services of one of our 
Authorized Repair Centers, our service facility or a 
competent gunsmith. To clean your firearm, adhere 
to the following general guidelines. 

Cleaninq Procedures — 

BE CERTAIN YOUR GUNS CHAMBER 
AND MAGAZINE ARE UNLOADED. 
ALWAYS WEAR PROTECTIVE SAFETY 
GLASSES DURING ALL CLEANING PRO- 
CEDURES. KEEP AMMUNITION AWAY 
FROM THE CLEANING AREA. DO NOT 
TEST THE FUNCTION OF YOUR FIREARM 
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Take down your Model 63 into the barrel/receiver 
half and the buttstock half as explained previously. 

Take extra care to protect the rifling at the muzzle 
of your rifle from damage (which can affect accura- 
cy). A muzzle protector (available at most good gun 
shops) is always a good idea. 

1. Use a cleaning rod with a tip and patch suitable 
for the size of your Model 63 's .22 caliber bore. 
Make sure the patch is large enough for a snug fit in 
the bore. Insert the rod and patch into the barrel at 
the muzzle end and run it back and forth several 
times. Although it is possible to remove the bolt 
from the Model 63, it requires special tools and some 
expertise — and is therefore, not recommended. 

2. Push the operating sleeve fully in and lock it (and 
the action) rearward to inspect the chamber and 
bore for brass, copper, lead and powder fouling. A 
normal amount of powder residue can be expected 
and is not serious. It can usually be removed by 
repeating step one, using a patch saturated with sol- 
vent. If or when fouling should become heavy, it can 
be removed with a brass bore brush. Dip or spray the 
brush with solvent and scrub the chamber and bore 
until the fouling is removed. To prevent brass bris- 
tles from breaking off, the brush should be pushed 
completely through the bore before being with- 
drawn. Because you are cleaning the barrel with the 
breech bolt in place it is helpful to use a brush that 
has a shorter overall length so it is possible to push it 
past the chamber. Keep the operating sleeve (and 
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3. After fouling has been removed the bore should 
be wiped dry. Then pass a slightly oiled patch 
through the bore for preservation. A fine, light gun 
oil is recommended. 

4. Wipe all exposed metal surfaces of the receiver, 
forearm and barrel with a clean rag. Finger marks 
should be removed because they provide a place 
where moisture can accumulate. Any dried oil in 
the receiver area should also be removed. 

5. Lightly oil your gun at the points described under 
"Oiling the Action" found earlier in this manual. 
Ordinary good judgment will, of course, indicate 
that the metal of the gun should receive a light film 
of oil any time the rifle has been exposed to weather 
or handling. This is very important and must be 
done with every gun. Remember, the polished, fine- 
ly fitted surfaces of the receiver and action mecha- 
nisms must always have a thin film of oil. Make sure 
that the surfaces of the breech bolt and bolt slide 
are especially clean and lightly oiled with a high 
quality gun oil. Use solvent and a toothbrush or 
other suitable brush to clean around the extractor, 
ejector and other small breech bolt components. 
With the Model 63 an aerosol-type oil can help 
greatly in "spraying away" residues on the breech 
bolt. When satisfied, wipe clean and lightly oil. 

6. INSPECT THE BARREL AND CHAMBER. 
TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT NO PATCHES 
HA VE BEEN INADVERTENTL Y LEFT IN 
THEM. Remove any that remain. 

7. Reassemble your rifle if you performed a complete 
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8. Wipe all wood surfaces with a soft cloth. 

9. When transporting only, store your Model 63 in a 
quality protective case to prevent scratches and 
dents. For long term storage, store in a dry place to 
prevent corrosion. It is acceptable to store your 
Model 63 taken down. Store away from children. 

MAKE SURE YOUR RIFLE IS UNLOADED 
AND ALWAYS STORE AMMUNITION 
SEPARATELY. 

Other Cleaninq Suqqestions — 

• Never pour large quantities of oil into the receiver 
or other parts. It can drain down to the wood and 
soften it — and cause permanent damage and loos- 
ening of the stock. 

• After extended periods of heavy use, your rifle 
should be taken to a qualified gunsmith to have the 
action disassembled for professional cleaning and 
lubrication. 

NEVER ATTEMPT TO TAKE YOUR MODEL 
63 APART FURTHER THAN EXPLAINED IN 
THIS MANUAL. 

This is a specialized, finely fitted mechanism. You 
may permanently mar it by attempting to disassem- 
ble the inner mechanism assemblies. If further disas- 
sembly for service or cleaning is required, take your 
gun to a U. S. Repeating Arms Company 
Authorized Repair Center or a competent gunsmith 
as explained under "Service or Repair." 



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Orderinq Parts 



To order parts, please write our parts department 
and furnish the following: your name, address, and 
telephone number. Also specify the model and serial 
number of your gun. When we receive your request, 
we will send an order form and a parts breakdown 
with prices. 

Write to: 

Parts Department 

U.S. Repeating Arms Company, Inc. 

275 Winchester Avenue 

New Haven, Connecticut 0651 1-1970 

CAUTION: PARTS ARE MADE FOR 
WINCHESTER BRAND FIREARMS MANU- 
FACTURED BY OR FOR U.S. REPEATING 
ARMS COMPANY, INC., AND SHOULD 
NOT BE USED IN OTHER GUNS EVEN 
THOUGH MODELS MA Y BE SIMILAR. 
IMPROPERL Y FITTED PARTS MA Y BE 
DANGEROUS. 

Service or Repair 

If your Winchester firearm should ever need repair 
or service, please utilize one of the world-wide net- 
work of U.S. Repeating Arms Company Authorized 
Repair Centers for Winchester firearms. If you have 
any questions about how to obtain service for your 
Winchester firearm, call or write the Authorized 
Repair Center (ARC) nearest you. A list of ARCs is 
packaged with your new gun. If you need to obtain a 
new list of ARCs call us at: 

1-203-789-5000 



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Questions 



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and shotguns, call or write our Customer Service 
Department: 

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Phone: 1-800-945-5237 

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